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Noida struggles to clear garbage from city on Diwali eve

With no designated dumping site in the city, the authority has been forced to allow waste to pile up along sector roads

noida Updated: Oct 18, 2017 22:37 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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Noida produces 660 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste every day.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

On Diwali eve, the Noida authority struggled to transport solid waste strewn on roads in many areas of the city. With waste from across the city not collected for four days till Tuesday evening and the authority officials conceding to as much, the task before the health department to clear 600 metric tonnes of garbage thrown up by the city per day is nothing short of onerous.

Garbage is left to pile up along roads in areas such as sector 67, 62, 63, 20 and 19 among others, as the authority is left with no designated dumping site since the National Green Tribunal (NGT), on October 10, banned dumping of municipal solid waste at the Sector 138A dump yard.

NGT banned dumping of waste at Sector 138A landfill, as residents of Sector 137 objected to it. Those living near the illegal dumping site raised objections and filed a plea before the tribunal saying the landfill had emerged as a potential health risk for their families.

The Noida authority has drawn flak from residents for poor preparedness on waste treatment, garbage collection and transportation.

“It is very sad that the Noida authority is not seriously developing a system that ensures that the municipal solid waste is collected from households or industrial units and transported to the sanitary landfill site. Even ahead of Diwali celebrations which calls for utmost cleanliness, the authority has failed to clear garbage lying at the primary collection centres that are earmarked for dumping waste. We have decided to take up this issue strongly with the Noida authority chief executive officer Alok Tandon after Diwali,” AN Dhawan, secretary general of Federation of Noida Residents’ Welfare Associations (FONRWA), said.

On October 10, the NGT directed the Noida authority not to dump waste at the Sector 138A landfill as it was deemed not operational as per Waste Management Rules, 2016.

“Since October 10, the Noida authority has not transporting garbage because it seemingly does not have a place to dump waste. The authority should have been ready with a new site well on time, as it was aware that a case pertaining to the Sector 138A landfill was on trial. Municipal services are in pathetic state in Noida because of negligence by authorities, and that too, during the festive season,” Neeraj Kumar, a resident of Sector 12, said.

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Following residents’ complaints pertaining to woeful sanitation services, Noida authority CEO Alok Tandon along with his staff on Wednesday conducted an inspection in sectors 19, 20, 37 and 123, among others, asking officials to clear garbage along roads. The CEO started his inspection at 9.30am and ended it at 1pm. But garbage was seen lying on roadsides in many areas including sectors 63, 62, 67, 71 and 64, among others.

“We could not transport the garbage from roadside dump yards in residential and industrial areas for four days due to the NGT ban on the landfill site in Sector 138A. But on Tuesday night, we deployed around 100 vehicles and cleaned almost 60 per cent of the areas. We have cleaned residential and industrial areas to ensure cleanliness during Diwali. We won’t rest till we have cleared every scrap of waste from the city. We are looking for a new vacant plot to dump waste. But we don’t wish to earmark potential dumping sites in advance for fear that residents might launch protests. We transported around 400 truckloads of garbage on Tuesday night,” Raghunandan Yadav, senior project engineer, health department, Noida Authority, said.

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 22:37 IST